|Our view from the living room window.|
Since I've pretty much summed up all activities of note for the day I wanted to take some time and vent out one very particular frustration I have had with this whole move.
Others' reception to finding out where we am now living has left a rather sour taste in my mouth. I expected some less than educated responses and jokes simply because of the geographical location and our proximity to North Korea. I never imagined the sheer volume of negativity we would receive about it. When Michael's projections first came in and we started talking with our military friends about it, the reception was less than stellar. It was a lot of apologies for us and a downtrodden attitude. You'd think we had just been sentenced to death. Michael and I were astounded at this. What was so bad about Korea? It is a beautiful place with a lot to offer and we have heard nothing but great things about it from people who have actually lived there, including my grandfather. Of course there are going to be issues with moving to a place that is so vastly different from our own culture, but it was really weird to see people react in that way. I was so disappointed to see one of Michael's friends who also got Korea take a completely angry attitude towards it. With that viewpoint of course you're going to have a bad time! It was a breath of fresh air when we talked with our own families about it. Of course our families were unhappy that we were going to be so far away, but they were excited for the opportunities we were going to get and the fact that we get to travel and live in a whole other country for Michael's job!!
Over the process of this move I disappeared from my online locations for several days. Some of my gaming friends took notice and messaged me on Steam while I was gone. One of them had invited me to play some Rust and I made a point to inform him that I wasn't sure when I'd next be able to play. When he asked why I informed him that I was moving to South Korea. I'll include a copy and paste of the conversation, with both of our usernames modified.
Him: YOUR GOING TO SOUTH KOREA?!?!?!
Him: Why are you happy?
Me: it's not north korea lmao
Me: it's really not a bad place to be
Him: It was good knowing you.
Him: Don't eat to many dogs.
Me: I'll try not to
Him: I'll try not to get you mad because you'll blow me up.
Me: lol suure i will
Him: GET HER NSA!!!!
At that point I stopped responding, unfriended him, and blocked him from ever communicating with me again. I should point out at this point that this guy was not one of those that I considered an actual friend, but more of an acquaintance that I met through Rust and occasionally played and talked with. I really tried to keep my end of the conversation light, but holy shit that pissed me off. Sorry about the language. Regardless of whether he was trying to joke around (this guy has a history of making very tasteless jokes) I did not need that negativity. So I removed it. That final straw really got me pissed off about the attitude I had to deal with from some people about this whole move. So I cleaned those people from my life. Or at least my social media pages. They're several thousand miles away now so I already have the physical distance down.
The good thing, and the thing I'm trying to concentrate on in all of this, is that the people whose opinion I truly care about are happy for this next step in my life. My lifelong friends, my family, even you guys have been so supportive and happy for me it's made me forget about all the negativity and this guy until he started harassing Michael on Steam, asking why he was online when I wasn't. Thinking about it sure wasn't working it out of my mind so I figured some really cathartic venting would work. Lo and behold, it has!!
Now I'm going to maybe finally finish my Sniff My Tarts haul post and wait for Michael to wake up. He was expressing interest in going into town but I'm not sure if he's going to want to do that anymore when he wakes up.
Do you have anything you feel you want to vent about? I'm all ears, since you've indulged me! :)